CREC, DATTCO Investigating After Bus Driver Went Wrong Way on I-91 Ramp

CREC and DATTCO are investigating after a school bus driver went the wrong way on an Interstate 91 ramp in Windsor Tuesday morning. 

Parents learned of the situation in an email to administrators.

CREC said a substitute driver was operating the DATTCO-contracted bus and made a wrong turn onto an I-91 southbound entrance ramp in Windsor on the way to CREC Museum Academy in Bloomfield. 

The driver turned the bus around on a one-way on-ramp instead of following the DATTCO standard protocols, CREC said. No children were on the bus at the time. 

DATTCO said the bus driver is experienced but was driving a different route and should have stopped the bus and contacted DATTCO on how to proceed.  

The driver involved has been “removed from service,” and CREC said it is working with DATTCO to review this incident along with the State Police. 

“He tried to remedy the situation, error in judgment on the driver’s part and we recognize that,” DATTCO COO Cliff Gibson said.

DATTCO said the driver will not be back in service until the investigation is complete.

“CREC manages transportation services for the State’s Regional School Choice Office, and DATTCO is one of several transportation companies contracted to provide these services. CREC, and all of the contractors, place student safety as first priority. There is no tolerance for safety violations,” CREC said in a statement. 

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